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COVID-19 arts funding leaves smaller theatre companies in the dust

By Tessa Pelle As large-scale music, dance and theatre productions hurry to claim a $75 million COVID-19 relief fund, smaller entertainment companies are left grasping at straws for support.  Almost half of the stimulus has been allocated within the first five weeks since Create NSW launched its crisis funding for non-for-profit and commercial performing arts […]

Queer Screen Awards Additional Round Of Funding During Lockdown

By ELYSIA COOK Queer Screen’s Completion Fund awarded $15,000 across three different screen projects last Friday and the timing couldn’t have been better. The additional round of the Completion Fund was announced on the Closing Night of the Mardi Gras Film Festival in March, in light of the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the independent […]

Drag community forgotten in arts support package

By ANTONIA MANGOS Bingo Nights and Oxford Street in a post-COVID-19 world are set to be very different with Sydney’s Drag Community still facing the forefront of the current pandemic. Despite the lifeline the NSW Government has thrown to save the arts sector, Sydney’s drag queens will be left vulnerable in an economic recession. The […]

Sydney College of the Arts shrinks

BY DYLAN CRISMALE The University of Sydney last week informed staff that as of July, the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) will be absorbed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Department (FASS). The school will be relocated from its current spacious Rozelle campus to the Old Teachers College on the main Camperdown […]

Funding Slashed for Dozens of Australian Arts and Theatre Companies

The Australia Council has announced that 65 small to medium arts organisations will have their government funding slashed under its Four-Year Funding program, delivering a devastating blow to a significant portion of the visual arts sector. As part of their plan, the Council said they would provide $112 million of funding for 128 small and […]

Funding cuts threaten Sydney’s indie theatres

BY SHON HO Arts funding strip backs have left Sydney theatre companies facing an uncertain future. Small to medium sized organisations will bear the brunt in a tougher landscape and will be vying for fewer grants from a smaller pool of funds. As a knock on effect from the Federal Government’s post budget cuts, the […]

Artists condemn ‘malicious’ government attack

Local artists have reacted with outrage at suggestions from the federal government that artists who reject corporate funding should not receive government funding. In reaction to the Biennale of Sydney’s decision to drop the Transfield Foundation as a sponsor, arts minister George Brandis sent a letter last week to the Australian Council for the Arts […]

Artists’ lament for festival funds

There is growing discontent within the arts and culture community regarding the absence of the traditional opening day of free events that once kicked off the Sydney Festival. NSW Government funding cuts have forced the end of Festival Night and Day One, which attracted huge crowds in previous years. Mimi Kelly, the visual arts co-ordinator […]